News

Jeffrey Katz
Journalism News
Jeffrey Katz (BS '78, journalism) is the news director at WAMU, the NPR news station in Washington, D.C. He joined WAMU in May 2017, after many years as a reporter and editor in digital news, radio, magazines, and newspapers. He was an editor at NPR for 15 years at Morning Edition and as the deputy… Read More
Jim Selle
Journalism News
Jim Selle (BS '92, journalism) has been promoted to executive producer of Good Day Chicago, overseeing six hours of morning news at Fox 32 Chicago.
College message
College News
Dear College of Media Community, Media in all its forms has always served as a window into the systemic racism that produces and perpetuates the kind of violence, threats, and unjust practices we have witnessed with alarm recently. At this moment, we feel particularly compelled to affirm the value… Read More
Black Lives Matter
Media & Cinema Studies News
In the wake of the murders most recently of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, and given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and Indigenous communities, MACS stands united with Black Lives Matter against structural and institutional racism… Read More
Greg Hall
College News
View a PDF of the College of Media's strategic plan to learn about our priorities for 2020-2025.
Stretch Ledford with students
Journalism News
Charles “Stretch” Ledford, associate professor of journalism, received the Illinois Student Government Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes instructors for outstanding performance both in and out of the classroom. Honorees have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and to students in every… Read More
Littleton-Post
Journalism News
Responding to thousands of invaluable internships cancelled because of COVID-19, two recent University of Illinois alumni have created a way to simultaneously support their fellow Illini and the many small businesses impacted by the pandemic throughout Illinois. College of Media graduate Walker… Read More
Susan Klusmeier
Journalism News
Susan Klusmeier (BS '01, journalism) was named vice provost for academic success at the University of Kansas. Klusmeier, who has taught at KU and other institutions, will also be named a courtesy assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the School of… Read More
empty theater
Media & Cinema Studies News
Distributors hold much of the power in the film industry, and will have a major role in what happens in the shadow of COVID-19, says Derek Long, assistant professor of media and cinema studies who focuses on the film distribution system in his research. The virus has added to longstanding trends… Read More
flower
College News
Congratulations to these College of Media students who received campus and college awards and honors, and scholarships that were made possible thanks to our donors.   Bronze Tablet Inscription on the Bronze Tablets in the Main Library recognizes students ranking in the top three percent of… Read More
Mia Wang
ICR News
Looking beyond the entertainment value of virtual reality/augmented reality, Yanyun (Mia) Wang, a doctoral student in the Institute of Communications Research, has been exploring virtual reality/augmented reality as potential tools to change people’s perceptions and attitudes toward social issues… Read More
Undergraduate Research Symposium
College News
Update 5/27/2020: Congratulations to Sarah Sigmon for receiving the Stevick Foundation Excellence in Media Research Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research for her presentation! This award reflects the high quality of her research as well as her effective presentation at the virtual… Read More
Alma mater
ICR News
The Institute of Communications Research is excited to announce our next class of nine incoming students! Please learn more about their research interests in their profiles below and join us in welcoming them to the University of Illinois College of Media community this fall. Sakshi Bhalla Sakshi… Read More
Brant Houston
Journalism News
Pictured is Professor Brant Houston with fellow Pulitzer juror Ginger Thompson, a senior reporter at ProPublica. (Photo credit: Copyright Pulitzer Prizes/Jose R. Lopez.)   Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the Department of Journalism, was a… Read More
Illini Film Fest
College News
UPDATE 5/2/2020, 7:30 p.m.:Thanks, everyone! What a great festival and all of the filmmakers who submitted should be very proud. Apologies, of course, for the glitch on the YouTube channel. Voting will be enabled on the Illini Film Fest website Monday, May 4. Please, if you haven't watched the… Read More
Blue ribbon
Journalism News
Update: Congratulations to the winners, announced on May 15! Winners are noted in bold below. Congratulations to the following journalism alumni who have been nominated for 2019 Peter Lisagor Awards for their work across print, radio, television and digital media. Winners will be announced in May… Read More
Cheryl W. Thompson
Journalism News
Cheryl W. Thompson (BS ’82, LAS; MS ’84, journalism), an investigative correspondent for NPR and a 22-year veteran of The Washington Post, was re-elected for a second term as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors. In 2018, Thompson became the first African American president of IRE. “… Read More
Daily Illini editors 2019-2020
College News
This group photo of The Daily Illini shows the 2019-2020 new editors and staff, many of whom are in leadership positions for 2020-2021. (Photo courtesy of JJ Kim.)  Each spring, The Daily Illini undergoes turnover, a transition period that welcomes new editors and staff to its team. This year’s… Read More
Greg Hall + home composite
College News
The COVID-19 pandemic this spring has resulted in classes shifting to online environments and our Media students have shared their reflections on their transition to sheltering in place. Several journalism students have provided a glimpse into their new lives learning from home: Reflections in… Read More
Connor Ciecko
Journalism News
With all the instructional changes on campus this semester due to COVID-19, Good Morning, Illini, a student lifestyle show, has had to adapt our format to continue to produce content for our campus audience and to continue to grow in our skills as journalists and TV personalities. The task of… Read More